Two key dates are approaching for proponents interested in a Metro Vancouver contract to build and operate a new waste-to-energy facility to deal with excess Lower Mainland garbage.
Included in the list of proponents are Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. and Urbaser Ltd., who, along with Seaspan Ferries Corporation, are proposing a waste-to-energy garbage incinerator on Seaspan-owned property in the Duke Point industrial area.
The regional government has put out a request for proposals seeking landowners willing to sell or lease land to a shortlist of nine groups that are pushing for the right to handle 370,000 tonnes of garbage per year. The RFP deadline is Nov. 15.
The lands would be available to all nine proponents, who have presented a total 10 facility concepts to Metro Vancouver. The regional government has also given the nine groups until Nov. 1 to present sites for a potential facility that they have secured for their specific use, said Paul Henderson, solid waste services manager for Metro Vancouver.
Mark Schwartz, senior manager of business development for Wheelabrator Technologies, said the consortium pitching the Duke Point proposal has been in meetings in Nanaimo over the last two weeks, and has met with local officials to answer questions on their proposal, which could be a $500-million project.
"We will wait to hear from Metro Vancouver on the viability of our concept at the appropriate time," he said.
"We believe it's a very powerful group that can deliver all that Metro needs to be delivered.. ." he added.
Metro Vancouver currently has a WTE facility in Burnaby, but is looking to expand its capacity to reduce solid waste through use of another location. Right now, that location could be anywhere in the province, Henderson said.
"Once those potential sites have been identified, the goal (is) to go out into each of those communities and talk about the possibility of new (WTE) being developed within that community," he said.
Next spring, Metro Vancouver will begin the next phase of evaluating each proponent's proposed technology and site use.
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